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Monday, 26 MAR 2001

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Warm temperatures for late March in SE Qld 30Mar01
Record cold nights spread to northern and eastern WA
Brisbane residents sweated through an unusually warm night for this time of year. The Airport recorded a minimum of 24.7, only 5.2 above normal, but not far off the record of 25.4 on 10 March 1995, in over 50 years of observation. The Brisbane City automatic weather station recorded a rounded figure of 25. The highest March minimum at the old BoM Regional Office site, which closed in 1986 after 100 years of observations, was 25.5 on 14 March 1973. Coastal areas north of Brisbane also felt the heat during the day. Heron Island, 80km NE of Gladstone, recorded its highest March maximum temperature in 20 years with 31.8, while Double Island Point Lighthouse, 160km north of Brisbane, recorded a top of 33.1, 1.4 above its previous March record in 37 years.

More new minimum temperature records were set in northern and eastern WA and western NT this morning, as cold, dry southern air spread northwards across the region. See special report.

National weather extremes for today
Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology
Last updated at 14:52 EDST on 28/03/01

Quality control note: Data is complete, and has been visually checked by AWN for gross errors. Less obvious errors may remain. See Explanation of Extremes Pages for more information
Records set this day (previous record and years of computerised record shown in brackets):

Highest 24-hour rainfall for March:
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) NSW: 84.0 (63.2, 43)

Lowest minimum temperature for March:
Western Australia:
Marble Bar Comparison: 15.0 (17.0, 44)
17.0 was the record set yesterday
Nyang Station: 15.1 (17.4, 28)
Murchison: 10.0 (10.5, 11)
Yeelirrie: 6.1 (6.6, 27)
6.6 was the record set yesterday
Warburton Airfield: 9.0 (10.0, 10) 10.0 was the record set each of the past two mornings
Giles Met Office: 9.0 (10.6, 45)

Northern Territory:
Yuendumu: 9.4 (9.8, 34)

Highest maximum temperature for March:
Heron Island Res Stn Qld: 31.8 (31.7, 20)
Double Island Point LH Qld: 33.1 (31.7, 37)

Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals received, and/or all reported falls of 50mm or more.

109.5 MACKSVILLE COUNTRY CLUB MidNorth Coast N NSW
106.0 NAMBUCCA HEADS BOWLING CLUB MidNorth Coast N NSW
91.5 BOWRAVILLE COHALAN ST MidNorth Coast N NSW
91.0 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE Upper Carpentaria QLD
90.0 WALCHA (THEE ST) N Tablelands W NSW

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    N Kimberley
59.6 EMMA GORGE
    E Kimberley
70.2 LISSADELL

NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Victoria
76.0 BUNDA

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
68.0 SUDLEY STATION
    Upper Carpentaria
91.0 GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE
    Central Highlands
54.4 WEALWANDANGIE
    Central West
71.8 BLACKALL POST OFFICE
    Darling Downs W
52.0 HARTMANN BRIDGE TM
    Warrego
57.0 THE 27 MILE GARDEN TM

NEW SOUTH WALES
    NW Plains E
58.2 CROPPA CREEK (KRUI PLAINS)
    NW Slopes S
89.0 NUNDLE (KEEVA)
84.0 WOOLBROOK (DANGLEMAH ROAD)
65.8 WILLOW TREE (MAIN STREET)
65.6 WEABONGA (STONELEIGH)
62.8 PINE RIDGE (BILLABONG)
53.0 OGUNBIL (BEANA BREA)
50.4 QUIRINDI POST OFFICE
    N Tablelands W
90.0 WALCHA (THEE ST)
    N Tablelands E
52.0 TIA (HIGHRENT)
    MidNorth Coast N
109.5 MACKSVILLE COUNTRY CLUB
106.0 NAMBUCCA HEADS BOWLING CLUB
91.5 BOWRAVILLE COHALAN ST
84.4 SOUTH WEST ROCKS (SMOKY CAPE LIGHTHOUSE)
65.2 COFFS HARBOUR MO
62.0 LOWANNA (CAVANAGHS ROAD)
    MidNorth Coast S
80.2 YARRAS (MOUNT SEAVIEW)
76.4 GLOUCESTER (UPPER BOWMAN)
68.2 BRETTI-MACKAY (BARNARD RIVER)
68.0 GLOUCESTER POST OFFICE
66.2 TAREE (RADIO STATION 2RE)
66.0 TAREE AIRPORT AWS
65.0 LONG FLAT POST OFFICE
65.0 MOUNT GEORGE (MANNING RIVER)
62.4 UPPER LANSDOWNE (PESA)
62.0 FORBES RIVER (BIRDWOOD)
61.0 WAUCHOPE (AVONDALE STREET)
58.0 CRAVEN (LONGVIEW)
56.4 SEAL ROCKS (SUGARLOAF POINT LIGHTHOUSE)
55.2 WAUCHOPE (COMMERCE ST)
54.0 UPPER PAPPINBARRA (HILLCREST)
    Hunter Valley
75.8 HUNTER SPRINGS (WONDECLA)
64.0 MOONAN FLAT (THE MANSE)
63.6 MURRURUNDI POST OFFICE
57.8 MURRURUNDI (TIMOR)

High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less.


NORTHERN TERRITORY
    Arnhem
WARRUWI
19.4mm in 30 min to 00:00 38.8mm/h
15.2mm in 30 min to 23:30 30.4mm/h
    Darwin-Daly
DARWIN AIRPORT
9.2mm in 7 min to 17:26 78.9mm/h

QUEENSLAND
    N Peninsula
WEIPA AERO
6.8mm in 10 min to 13:00 40.8mm/h
    Upper Carpentaria
GEORGETOWN POST OFFICE
91.0mm in 6 hr to 03:00 15.2mm/h

NEW SOUTH WALES
    North Coast
BALLINA AIRPORT AWS
22.2mm in 1 hr to 17:00 22.2mm/h
    MidNorth Coast N
COFFS HARBOUR MO
39.0mm in 30 min to 00:00 78.0mm/h
53.0mm in 1 hr to 00:00 53.0mm/h
65.0mm in 6 hr to 00:00 10.8mm/h
39.4mm in 1 hr to 00:30 39.4mm/h

Todays highest & lowest temperatures

Maximum Minimum
35.5 CLERMONT POST OFFICE Central Highlands QLD
35.0 JABIRU AIRPORT Darwin-Daly NT
35.0 COLLINSVILLE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD
34.5 OENPELLI Darwin-Daly NT
34.5 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD
28.0 COCONUT ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
27.0 ALVA BEACH Central Coast E QLD
27.0 RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
26.6 HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
26.5 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD
5.1 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
5.9 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
6.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
6.0 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC
7.1 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
1.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
2.0 THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
2.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
2.1 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
2.4 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW

Todays greatest temperature variations from normal

Maximum Minimum
+6.9   32.7 ALSTONVILLE TROPICAL FRUIT RESEARCH STAT North Coast NSW
+6.7   33.1 DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+6.0   34.2 MURWILLUMBAH (BRAY PARK) North Coast NSW
+5.7   33.6 LISMORE (CENTRE STREET) North Coast NSW
+4.9   33.2 ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+7.0   24.3 LISMORE (CENTRE STREET) North Coast NSW
+6.9   25.0 ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+6.5   22.0 OAKEY AERO Darling Downs E QLD
+6.1   17.5 GLEN INNES POST OFFICE N Tablelands W NSW
+6.1   16.0 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW
-8.9   28.3 BALGO HILLS Interior WA
-8.9   25.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-8.9   24.9 CURTIN SPRINGS Alice Springs NT
-8.9   24.5 YUENDUMU Alice Springs NT
-8.9   23.3 KULGERA Alice Springs NT
-12.3   6.1 YEELIRRIE Goldfields WA
-11.7   9.0 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-11.1   9.4 CARNEGIE Interior WA
-10.9   9.0 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
-10.5   7.0 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT Alice Springs NT

Highest wind gusts above 89km/h or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.

THREDBO (CRACKENBACK STATION) AWS Snowy Mtns NSW: 93 (330/ 69 ) at 03:59
MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC: 85 (350/ 63 ) at 03:30
WILSONS PROMONTORY LIGHTHOUSE W Gippsland VIC: 106 (270/ 69 ) at 18:30
KINGFISH B SHIP LOG 272 W Gippsland VIC: 82 (267/ 63 ) at 23:50
CAPE GRIM B.A.P.S. N Coast TAS: 89 (260/ 63 ) at 19:00
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS: 109 (310/ 82 ) at 17:36
MOUNT WELLINGTON Southeast TAS: 104 (240/ 78 ) at 23:13

Other extremes

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